Although most men wouldn’t necessarily consider a fake orgasm a compliment, research shows that women who tend to fake it are actually afraid of losing their partner – therefore pulling all the stops to keep him satisfied.
Farnaz Kaighobadi, a postdoctoral researcher at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University, analyzed data from 453 heterosexual young women who were in a long-term relationship. The results showed that the participants who were more likely to fake their orgasms also were more likely to express other “male retention behaviors”. These women for example reported to often be jealous of other women flirting with their partner, and were more afraid that their partner would cheat on them.
Researchers are still not sure what function is served by the female orgasm. It is possible woman retain sperm from valued partners by having an orgasm (the so-called upsuck theory) , and whether having orgasms keeps a male partner interested — both of which would be considered adaptive functions.
“Only one or two studies provide evidence of whether there is an adaptive function or not,” Kaighobadi said. “We’re not sure, and I think there should be a lot more study.
Kaighobadi F, Shackelford TK, & Weekes-Shackelford VA (2011). Do Women Pretend Orgasm to Retain a Mate? Archives of sexual behavior PMID: 22089325
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